Free your team to contribute their best work

You disagree? Good! Finally! Let’s hear it. What’s your opinion? How should we be doing this thing? How can we make it better? Where are the flaws? 

You’re passionate about your points? Great! We need more passion. We need more people who give a damn about the work they offer the world. Great work demands more than tangential attention. 

You’re worried about my reaction to your opinions as your “boss”? Well, then I am doing something terribly wrong. I’m sorry about that. 

Know that your place in this company isn’t a function of submerging your opinions under a smile. I never want a table of nodding heads. I always want the best possible answer from wherever it emerges. And “best possible answers” can only take form when we get real about doing great things as a team.

Are you looking for best possible answers? Then release your team members from the straitjacket of consensus so they can contribute their best work.

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on September 11, 2019

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